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What are the important events that happened on August 24? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 24: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 24 is the 236th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 129 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 11, 2017 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 25,058,880 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectatriacontahexagon’ day.

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Virgo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 179 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,707 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 24 Historical Events

  • 1200
    King John of England, signee of the first Magna Carta, marries Isabella of Angouleme in Bordeaux Cathedral.
  • 1349
    Six thousand Jews are killed in Mainz after being blamed for the bubonic plague.
  • 1821
    The Treaty of Córdoba is signed in Córdoba, now in Veracruz, Mexico, concluding the Mexican War of Independence from Spain.
  • 1954
    The Communist Control Act goes into effect. The American Communist Party is outlawed.
  • 1963
    Buddhist crisis: As a result of the Xa Loi Pagoda raids, the US State Department cables the US Embassy in Saigon to encourage Army of the Republic of Vietnam generals to launch a coup against President Ngo Dinh Diem if he did not remove his brother Ngo Dinh Nhu.

Who were born on August 24?

  • 1863
    Dragutin Lerman, Croatian explorer (d. 1918)
  • 1898
    Malcolm Cowley, American literary critic (d. 1989)
  • 1919
    Enrique Llanes, Mexican professional wrestler (d. 2004)
  • 1968
    Benoît Brunet, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1987
    Jon Scheyer, American basketball player

Who died on August 24?

  • 1683
    John Owen, English non-conformist theologian (b. 1616)
  • 1978
    Louis Prima, American band leader (b. 1910)
  • 1990
    Gailli AbedElrhman, Sudanese writer (b. 1931)
  • 1991
    Bernard Castro, Italian inventor (b. 1904)
  • 2007
    Aaron Russo, American film producer and director (b. 1943)

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